Newswire: Doctor Strange writer Jon Spaihts admits its origin story was a gamble
This far into the existence of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s pretty widely assumed that every solo movie introducing a new hero will be an origin story that lays out how they got their powers and what negative personality traits they were held back by before their lives changed. Doctor Strange is no different, with it chronicling the transformation of Stephen Strange from arrogant surgeon to slightly less arrogant sorcerer, but writer Jon Spaihts says the movie almost went in a different direction.
Speaking with CinemaBlend, Spaihts explained that he, Marvel, and his co-writers initially weren’t committed to doing an origin story. He says they actually “played devil’s advocate” and sketched a version of the movie at one point that would open with Strange “fully-formed.” They’d fill in his backstory along the way, but he’d “be Doctor Strange from go.”
Spaihts doesn’t specifically say …